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Elinor (ID 2465)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Quack - Nan


  • Built in 1917 as General de Castelnau by the Baltimore Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co, Baltimore, MD for the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique of Le Havre, France
  • Launched 17 October 1917
  • Renamed Elinor in February 1918
  • Acquired by the Navy 20 March 1918 and commissioned USS Elinor (ID 2465) the same day
  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Scrapped in 1930.


  • Displacement 8,725 t.
  • Length 353' 3"
  • Beam 49' 1"
  • Draft 28' 8"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 62
  • Armament: One 6" mount
  • Propulsion: Three 200psi Scotch Marine boilers, one 1,800shp steam turbine, one shaft.
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    Elinor 77k Possibly photographed at Baltimore, Maryland, on 25 February 1918, when she was inspected by the Fifth Naval District
    U.S. Navy photo NH 104064
    Naval Historical Center
    Elinor 124k 22 March 1918
    At the yard of her builder, the Baltimore Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company, Baltimore, MD. She had been in commission for two days
    National Archives photo from
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Arthur H. Carleton, USNRF13 March 1918
    02LCDR James T. McDorman, USNRF1918
    03LCDR Carl H. Anderson, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Elinor (No. 2465), a cargo ship, was formerly known. as General de Castelnau. She was launched 17 October 1917 by Baltimore Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co, Baltimore, Md., transferred from the Shipping Board 20 March 1918 and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander A. H. Carleton, USNRF, in command.

    Assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service, Elinor was fitted out at Newport News for cargo. From 16 April 1918 to 17 April 1919, she made four voyages to Bordeaux, St. Nazaire and Nantes. She carried trucks, ammunition and general cargo for the Army, returning in ballast or carrying ordnance. Between her third and fourth voyages in February 1919 she drew the special assignment of dumping 2,460 tons of 75 mm. shells, gas drums, and mustard gas projectiles in deep water, well clear of traffic lanes off the Virginia Capes. After her fourth voyage, Elinor was decommissioned 26 April l919 and returned to the Shipping Board the same day.

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